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Bob Bouwer
I’m the senior pastor of Faith Church, where we exist to reach the disconnected and grow the connected.
Interests: my greatest interests are jesus; my wife laurie; my kids courtney and her husband Joel, caitlin, grant and carley; running; da cubs, da bears and da bulls. love to read books by john stott and john piper. greatest thrill is seeing lives changed for christ.
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We have moved the blogs for Faith Church to our new website here. From there you’ll find the blogs for our pastors and other ministries. Please change your bookmarks. The blog at this url will no longer be updated and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Momentum
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One of my favorite websites is Stumble Upon. It searches the internet for sites that it thinks I would enjoy. This weekend I "stumbled upon" a psychology article about the power of the pause. The bottom line was that if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Momentum
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We are now on the other side of Harold Camping's second failed judgment day prediction. The first one was in 1994, the second one May 21. And now suddenly he is fixing on October 21. I've been thinking alot about... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Momentum
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I had a delightful time this weekend with my family at Caitlin's college graduation from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are a few highlights. 1. Seeing my daughter walk across the stage with a degree from a very... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Momentum
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I have put off for too long the big spring cleaning of the garage. My excuses have run out: too busy, too cold, too much stuff. It's time. It will be a project, but the end result will be good.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Momentum
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Recently someone asked me what it means to be a "Reformed" Christian. I tried to clearly summarize it and emailed the person this answer. See what you think. We are Reformed Christians. That means we received our theology from the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at Momentum
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Today's guest blogger is Ryan Matthysse, Director of Worship and Arts at Faith Church. It’s my first day back home after spending five days in Haiti and I’m a blubbery, sloppy mess. My “re-entry” into my comfortable American lifestyle has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Momentum
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Ezra 8:21-23 - "There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Momentum
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Being a sports nut and contemporary news follower, I love to read newspapers. For many years a member of Faith Church and friend, Daryl Van Schouwen, has been writing for the Chicago Sun-Times. This year he took a new position... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Momentum
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I would like to invite you to fast and pray with us tomorrow (Wednesday 4/12) for the Easter services at all of the Faith Church campuses – Dyer (including the Well), Cedar Lake, Valparaiso, and Hammond. We believe that God... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Momentum
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Being a high-energy guy, I have always found it difficult to sit and pray by myself. When I began praying out loud, my prayer life changed. For many years I have ventured down into our basement at home, laid on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at Momentum
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It really is weird living in Chicagoland when you have two major league baseball teams. When I lived in Wisconsin for 10 years of my life, spring came and all of Wisconsin was excited about the Brewers. The crack of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Momentum
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10. Sweaters make me look fat and I’m sick of wearing them. 9. Spring is getting short-changed. 8. I’m sick of everyone complaining about the weather, including me. 7. All the spring breakers are rubbing it in my face. 6.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Momentum
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Last month I was invited by the Willow Creek Association to film an interview with Mindy Caliguire about the soul of a church leader and leading through change. The day with Mindy and the Willow folks was a total delight.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Momentum
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I (we) have been home on American soil for almost two days now and am adjusting to the time difference. I was up again this morning at 4 am and shopping at Wal-Mart at 4:30 am. (A great time to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at Momentum
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Here are a few photos from Rwanda. Click here to go to the album. Much more to come! Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Momentum
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Muraho! Hello from the Faith Church team as we reflect on another beautiful day in Africa. We continue to be awed by God’s creation in the beauty of our surroundings and by God’s heart demonstrated in the lives of His... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2011 at Momentum
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Welcome, readers of Bob’s blog. I am John Clausing, Director of Technical Arts at Faith Church and am currently exploring the back roads of Karaba, Rwanda with Bob and the team. I was asked to guest blog today. My mind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Momentum
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Today's guest blogger is Karla Weemhoff. Imagine driving in a Land Rover over a dirt road full of huge potholes, some with water in them, and being close to the edge of a cliff....that was just part of the fun... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Momentum
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The last two days have flown by at a breakneck speed. We filled 48 hours with multiple new life-changing experiences. Saturday began at a city Community Center in Karaba. We were greeted by a choir of our church's sponsored children... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Momentum
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Today's guest blogger is Melynie Durham. We started the day at World Vision Rwanda. As we pulled into the headquarters we heard the staff worshipping through song. It brought our team so much joy. We were able to join in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2011 at Momentum
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Muraho! (hello in Kinyarwandan) While waiting for our plane in Chicago John Clausing went around and asked us for “one word” as to how we were feeling. There was a mix of emotions from the group, excited, nervous – Bob... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Momentum
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On March 8, a team of 8 people from Faith Church will be heading to Rwanda. Over the last 3+ years, Faith Church has raised resources in excess of $300,000 for Karaba, Rwanda. Add to that 350-400 child sponsorships, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Momentum
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Sunday morning I was able to worship at Faith Church Cedar Lake as they closed the chapter of worship at Hanover Central High School. The move will take them a mile or so southeast to the home of Cedar Lake... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Momentum
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Last Thursday night I came into Catalyst (20 to 30-ish ministry at Faith Church) a little run down. I had spoken three nights in a row and had a scratchy throat. As soon as worship started, my soul lit up.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Momentum